tv CBS Evening News With Katie Couric CBS October 26, 2010 6:30pm-7:00pm EDT
>> couric: tonight, it's the closest thing to a hurricane midwesterners have ever seen as a powerful and destructive storm ripsly the region. i'm katie couric. also tonight, congressional candidates ripping their opponents with negative ads >> john raese's ideas are crazy! >> couric: their pictures are showing up on posters, now doctors who perform abortions fear for their lives. and could you reduce your life to fewer than 100 possessions? taking minimizing to a the max. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening,
everyone. the midwest got hit today by one fierce storm. people there had never seen anything quite like it. it has everything: wind and rain, hail and snow, thunderstorms and tornados and now it's moving east. it has already affected 22 states and counting. north dakota could get nearly a foot of snow. chicago had near hurricane-force winds. and there is a large block of thunderstorms from alabama to new york. tornado watches and warnings are up tonight across much of that area. here's national correspondent dean reynolds. >> reporter: the destructive pow over this muscle-bound storm could be seen in the damage it left behind. by mid-afternoon, at least 12 tornadoes has been reported in its wake. high wind warnings were up in 11 states with wind gusts north of 60 miles an hour that are seldom felt in places like south haven, michigan, or anywhere else in the region. >> at times it's still hard to stand up. the wind is blowing so hard.
>> reporter: just walking was a bat until battle creek, michigan, while in wisconsin the storm came up so fast workers at this tractor plant said they ran for their lives. tornado warnings and watchings stretchd from marquette, michigan, to memphis, tennessee. it may or may not have been a twister that wrecked justin schroeder's farmhouse south of chicago but to him it was probably a distinction without a difference. >> you didn't see anything, you didn't hear anything. it was just literally like someone dropped a bomb out of the sky. >> reporter: the storm was the result of a collision between cold canadian air and the warmer midwestern variety. it was nearly 80 degrees monday in chicago. >> wherever you have lots of warmth and lots of cold you kind of mix that in, you get a strong storm. >> reporter: some 70,000 people lost power in the chicago area and travel slowed to a crawl at o'hare. >> it's a real pain and then we've got to get stuck here and it's really boring and it's freezing, i'm wearing two jackets. >> reporter: 300 flights were
canceled. >> this kind of weather you have to watch moment by moment. >> reporter: in minneapolis, delays were four and a half hours. smaller planes were tossed into each other like toys while big rigs were sidelined along the indiana toll road. and the worst may not be over. >> this storm over the next 24 hours will be the second-strongest storm in recorded history in this part of the country. >> reporter: indeed, it's going to be rough here in chicago, detroit, minneapolis is expected to diminish overnight, the national weather service says it may well rebuild itself in the morning. katie? >> couric: all right. dean reynolds in the windy city tonight. dean, thank you. turning now to campaign 2010. the midterm elections are a week away, though many americans are already voted, including president obama who filled out an absentee ballot at the white house today. meanwhile, spending by the candidates for congress this year is expected to top $2
billion for the first time ever. that averages out to about $4 million a seat. and as spending reaches new highs, the ads are reaching new lows. here's our congressional correspondent nancy cordes. >> they arrogantly raised taxes and spending. >> reporter: in the election's final week, attack ads have lost all their subtlety-- if they ever had any. >> john raese's ideas are crazy! >> reporter: this republican spot uses great depression style images to tar california's barbara boxer. >> billions in taxes, our hopes crushed by washington. the legacy of barbara boxer. >> reporter: while this democratic ad ties nevada congressman joe heck to the spread of cancer. >> we can't eliminate every risk factor tied to server is, but joe heck is one we can. >> this is end game politics right here. this is clearly aimed at women voters. >> reporter: political ad
expert evan tracy says 1,600 election ads are airing everyday in las vegas alone. >> sharron angle, too dangerous to have real power over real people. >> reporter: and there's one important difference from years passed. >> traditionally what you would see right now is groups would be cutting off people they didn't think had a chance to win. now they're adding more races so you're seeing the ad landscape get wider and wider close to election day. >> reporter: that's because republicans in particular are flush with cash. take the national republican congressional committee which is spending $54 million to run ads in 90 congressional districts. double the number of districts it targeted in 2008. >> colleen hannah busa looks out for herself, not us. >> reporter: american cross roads, the conservative organization supported by karl rove plans to spend $3 million on ads in a dozen districts just today and tomorrow. see if you can spot the theme. >> heath schuler is making it worse. >> sanford bishop made things worse. >> scott murphy's votes in
washington have made our condition go from bad to worse. >> the overwhelming majority of ads from outside groups say nothing about the person they're intended to support. they're all slamming the candidate they want to defeat. >> reporter: all the mud slinging is prompting some groups to run ads against the ads. >> this ad is not paid for by the corporate front groups and oil billionaires... >> who are trying to buy this election. >> reporter: democrats outspent republicans in the last two elections. this year the tables are turned. all told, the spending by both parties and those outside groups could top $3 billion by the time these elections are over. that's more than even 2008, katie, when there was a presidential race in the mix. >> couric: wow, nancy cordes on capitol hill. nancy, thanks so much. the battle for control of congress will come down to dozens of races. our cbs news election team has designated critical contests that could go either way. in the house, republicans need a net gain of 39 seats to reach
218 and become the majority. and at this point, their chances look good. they'll have a much tougher time, though, winning the senate. there they need to hold on to the 41 seats they have now and pick up 10 currently held by democrats. their targets include a number of vulnerable incumbents, reid of nevada, bennett of colorado, lincoln of arkansas, feingold of wisconsin, murray of washington, and boxer of california. polls in that race are mixed. some show it almost even. but when out today gives barbara boxer a nine-point lead over her republican challenger carly fiorina. our senior political correspondent jeff greenfield takes a look at the matchup. >> how about waking up out there? >> reporter: for senator barbara boxer, this is friendly turf. a rally on the santa monica coast with a dash of hollywood thrown in. that's valerie harper, t.v.'s "rhoda." >> thank you for all you do. >> reporter: but the climate for boxer has turned chillier
this year as she seeks her fourth senate term she finds herself in the fight of her political life. >> see you later, guys. >> reporter: in this deep blue state. it's been more than 20 years since california has sent a republican to the u.s. senate. but that national discontent with the economy and spending and politics is alive and well in california, too. and that's made the outcome of this insider/outsider battle as foggy as a san francisco morning. republican carly fiorina, former c.e.o. of hewlett-packard, has kept the race close with a relentless focus on one central theme: the economy is in shambles and she knows how to fix it. >> maybe we need someone who's produced some results in washington now because barbara boxer has accomplished shockingly little in her 28 years in washington, d.c. >> reporter: that argument, democrats and republicans agree, has been effective. >> there are a lot of californians whose net worth today is half of what it was two years ago and they are motivated and they're upset and they're
not going to be voting for incumbents. >> reporter: why is the senate race so tight? >> well, i think it's the nationalization of the campaign has reached california a little bit. so it's a tough time to be a democrat in california. >> reporter: boxer, slyke many democrats, is arguing that this election is a choice and argues that voters here in california don't really know fiorina's record. >> they don't know about my opponent being named the worst c.e.o. when she was at h.p. by five publications. i need to tell them that. they don't know she wants to overturn "roe v. wade," make abortion a crime. >> reporter: today carly fiorina was forced off the campaign trail temporarily. she's been hospitalized for an infection that developed as a result of reconstruction surgery following her treatment of breast cancer. the campaign says she will resume a full schedule shortly. katie? >> couric: meanwhile, jeff, there's another big contest in california that's gotten a lot of attention. republican megawhitman, the former c.e.o. of ebay, has spent $140 million of her own money which is a self-financing
record. but jerry brown seems to be pulling ahead at least in some polls? >> reporter: that's what some polls say and he's found a way of taking whitman's attacks that he represents the past and turn it to his advantage. look at this new ad. >> 30 years ago anything was possible in this state. >> i mean, it's why i came to california so many years ago. >> reporter: in other words he's saying you know what? things were good when i was governor half a lifetime ago. maybe i deserve another chance. >> couric: it's been a very interesting race to watch. jeff greenfield, thanks for both those stories tonight. meanwhile, in kentucky, things got ugly even before republican rand paul and democrat jack conway faced off in their final senate debate and that tops tonight's campaign 2010 hot sheet. outside the t.v. studio, a liberal activist was wrestled to the ground last night by paul sponners when she tried to present the candidate with a fake "employee of the month"
award. one paul volunteer even stepped on her head later saying he apologized if it appeared he was overly forceful. the woman wasn't seriously hurt. the paul campaign put out a statement calling the incident "incredibly unfortunate." in florida, both candidates for governor agreed on the ground rules for their debate, including no notes. but during a break, democrat alex sink violated that rule when a makeup artist showed her a text message from a campaign staffer offering strategy tips. right in front of republican rick scott. >> the rule was no one is supposed to give us messages during the break and your campaign did with an ipad. >> reporter: sink later fired the staffer. and more trouble for senate majority leader harry reid who trails republican challenger sharron angle in nevada. a spokeswoman for reid-- diana tejada-- is out of a job following reports she faked a marriage to help a lebanese man stay in this country and laid
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>> couric: abortion remains one of the most divisive issues in this country. now some doctors in north carolina who perform them fear they're being marked for murder. michelle miller reports on the posters and flyers appearing throughout the state. >> reporter: they look like wanted posters from the wild west but they're not photos of criminals but of doctors in north carolina who perform abortions. they asked us to block their faces. >> reporter: this doctor is one of the targets. fearing for his life, he asked to remain anonymous. are you ever looking over your shoulder? >> reporter: those responsible for flyers-- operation save america-- repeatedly protest abortions at women's health clinics in the charlotte area claiming the doctors harm women and kill babies. they list specific addresses and
urge people to contact doctors there. one poster even cites a home address. >> these posters call for my murder. >> reporter: in the 1990s, similar flyers were distributed in other cities, then came the murders. in 1993, pensacola dr. david gunn and dr. george patterson in alabama. dr. john britton was gunned down a year later in florida. all were targeted of the wanted poster campaign. dr. george tiller, seen on this flier, survived an assassination attempt in 1993 but was killed inside his church last year. >> we know what the pattern has been year after year. wanted poster; murder. wanted poster; murder. we need tough prosecution before more doctors are murdered. >> reporter: do you think these incite violence? >> no, i don't at all. as a matter of fact, many of these have met christ. >> reporter: glen benham
founded operation save america and says the posters are not threatened. >> you read "wanted buy christ." we want them to meet jesus. >> reporter: federal law makes it a crime to use force or the threat of force to prevent people from accessing clinics like this one. in 2002, a u.s. appeals court ruled that wanted posters like these were violation of that law. >> the decision back in 2002 only affects that region and that area, it doesn't affect the posters in charlotte that are at issue now. >> the posters are meant to call for my murder. >> they're just putting out the bait. >> they're putting out the bait, they're putting owl the call and heaping somebody will respond. >> reporter: women's rights groups have called for the justice department to investigate the posters fearing history could repeat itself. michelle miller, cbs news, charlotte. >> couric: meanwhile, the white house is taking on the issue of bullying. it sent a ten-page letter to.
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>> reporter: nine central washington university students were rushed to the hospital. one nearly died with a blood alcohol level four times the legal limit. four loko and drinks like it are banned here at central washington university. they're also banned across the country at ramapo college in new jersey. that's where 23 students were hospitalized earlier this month. just one can of four loko contains the caffeine of four cans of soda and the alcohol of four to five beers. it only costs about $3. >> the caffeine that's consumed with the alcohol will mask the effect of the alcohol to some degree so these people would be more likely to consume more alcohol and become more impaired >> reporter: so 18 attorneys general have asked the f.d.a. to investigate. 30 manufacturers of caffeinated alcohol drinks are now being reviewed to determine if their products are safe and legal. the maker of four loko says: yet experts say their products are a recipe for disaster.
ben tracy, cbs news, ellensburg, washington. >> couric: and everyday we learn more about the world around us. today we learned the amazon is home to 1,200 new species of animals and plants discovered over the past ten years. there's a blue-fanged tarantula that hunts the birds of the jungle. makes you wonder if stress is affecting another new species, the bald-headed parrot. and there's a new species of monkeys as well, kept by remote villagers as pets. kind of weird looking. and coming up next, living life in the express lane. 100 items or less. for a full 24 hours. prevent the acid that causes frequent heartburn
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typical items found in most american households. but these are some of the only items in everett bogue's apartment. >> two pots, two pans. >> reporter: last year he decided to declutter. it's big, there's just nothing in it. >> exactly, yeah. >> reporter: and reduce all of his possessions to fewer than 100 things. at one point he got down to 57. >> one, two, three... >> reporter: everett may be an extreme example, but he's one of thousands who've adopted a minimalist life-style. >> i look at it from, like, what do i actually use in my daily life. >> who would even want to live withless than a hundred things? >> reporter: jessica schwartz can't even begin to count all the items stashed away in her new york apartment. >> sticker collection. i have about 500 pairs of shoe laces in here. some blushes. >> reporter: although she'll never get her things down to double digits... >> i feel bad he's in the trunk. >> reporter: ...she's not looking to add, either. >> i have a goal not to live with less but not to live with that much more. >> reporter: and professional organizers say that "buy no
more" mind-set is gaining momentum due in large part to the resays. >> people at the moment have paused to stop and look at how they've spent their money. suddenly now they're in tougher times and whether we like it or not, we all have to do more with less. >> reporter: turns out 80% of what we keep we never use and we wear 20% of the clothes we own 80% of the time. some of the most popular minimalist blogs are now averaging 60,000 readers a month and a new book called "the 100 thing challenge" is set for release in december. >> we are moving to a deeper level of contentment and happiness that is not tied to the accumulation of stuff. >> reporter: as the old saying goes, maybeless really is more. jeff glor, cbs news, oakland, california. >> couric: and that is the "cbs evening news" for tonight. i'm katie couric. thanks for watching. see you tomorrow. and for the latest news online,